Hate Crime And Racial Profiling

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Hate Crime And Racial Profiling

Samuel Johnson

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There are 917 active hate groups in the continent 73 of the 917 are in California. Hate crime is a crime committed for bias related reasons like people being LGBTQ or based off of their ethnicity. 101 of them focus on Muslims and African Americans There are a variety of hate groups one of the most known is the KKK (Ku Klux Klan). The main victims of hate crime are African Americans, and LGBTQ Victims because of who they are. There are 917 active hate groups in the continent 73 of the 917 are in California. Hate crime is a crime committed for bias related reasons like people being LGBTQ or based on ethnicity. There has been series ethnically based racial profiling and hate crimes that have been going on forever. In this article, I will be talking about certain historical and modern events of hate crimes.

1)Emmett Till One of the oldest events of hate crime in history is Emmett Till who was a 14-year-old boy who fell victim to one of the most gruesome hate crime events in history. Emmett Till was visiting his family in Mississippi when he walked into a store to buy some candy and interacted with a white woman this interaction leading up to his murder. Emmets eyes were gouged out, he was shot in the head, and was dumped in a river by two white men. The woman who Emmett interacted with later in 1955 said she fabricated most of her testimony to the court. The men during the trial said they were not ashamed for what they had done.

2)Trayvon Martin Trayvon Martin was born in Florida on February 5, 1995. He was teen with an eye towards aviation, Martin had no criminal record when he was shot and killed by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman walking to his father’s house on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman at the time was the head of the neighborhood watch for Trayvon’s father’s gated community. Zimmerman had called police several times to state he had seen individuals whom he had deemed as suspicious. All of the reported figures were black males. Zimmerman initial release and later arrest sparked a national debate over racial profiling and the role of armed neighborhood watch members in law enforcement. On July 13, 2013, a jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder. Trayvon died because of something he couldn’t control that he was fourteen and black living in a world where people’s biases take control of their actions.

3) Starbucks A more modern showing of racial profiling is in a Starbucks in Philadelphia in this incident Starbucks workers called the police on two black men that wanted to use the bathroom without ordering. The problem with this is that many people after the incident reported themselves doing the same thing and not getting the police called on them. The only reason those two men got the police called is because of the color of their skin there are videos of their arrest if you would like to see go to this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2SECFJCsDI.The two men reportedly were waiting for a friend that was late for a meeting.

4) Tree Of Life Last year on October 27, 2018, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Robert Bowers opened fire into the Tree Of Life Synagogue killing 11 people including one child. Before the event, he went to the social media platform Gab and posted “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in”. During the shooting, the Tree of Life Synagogue was in the middle of a three different Shabbot’s which are Jewish services. People that survived the shooting report trying to hide in closet and bathrooms while Robert Bowers was trying to find more people to kill around the Synagogue. After the shooting, he was charged with 44 offenses and was found guilty. A Synagogue is supposed to be a safe place where people can feel safe and accepted and it was tarnished by the biases of another man

What I Think I think people should stop thinking of minorities, LGBTQ’s, and people with disabilities stereotypically because if we did that many people would not have died or felt like they are a burden to this world. We need to realize that we’re all human: we breathe the same air, bleed the same blood, and cry the same tears. I believe that one day if we, human beings, do these simple things we can achieve peace.